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“history” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Henry Parkes Centre

The Henry Parkes Centre
Ranked #2 of 5 things to do in Parkes
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Henry Parkes Centre is a one stop shop for all your travel needs and a cultural experience all at the one location! Home to the Parkes Visitor Information Centre and 4 museums including the King's Castle Elvis Exhibit, Parkes Motor Museum, Henry Parkes history museum and Antique Machinery collection. One admission provides access to all museums.
Townsville, Australia
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3 reviews
“history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2014

great display & knowledge of every vehicle was amazing it was like stepping back in time seeing all the old cars and the history behind them

Visited February 2014
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Peak Hill, New South Wales, Australia
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108 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“dont forget to visit when going thru Parkes”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2014

This is one of the many places to visit when coming thru Parkes or just visiting Parkes for the day.This is a great place to just check out yesteryear from the motor care era.
It is worth visiting and you just have to see it to believe it.....

Visited January 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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255 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“Amazing collection”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2014

Had to visit as we were in Parkes for the Elvis Festival. Some of our friends who had been there before thought that the collection was smaller than previous years, I still thought it was well worth the visit. So much original merch. My daughter took some convincing that it was actually Elvis's original marriage certificate in the case. The attached 'old things' museum is also interesting and included in the entry price. Has free wifi - our accommodation didn't!

Visited January 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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120 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“A central location for information, history and special interest”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2013

The Henry Parkes Centre consists of a number of "museums", all rolled together in to one place.

Most importantly, it's a central location for information on the area, along with activities, places to eat, etc. But it also consists of the following:

The King's Castle: A collection of genuine Elvis artefacts - the largest in the Southern Hemisphere
Parkes Motor Museum: A small collection of rare and classic motor vehicles
Henry Parkes Museum: A wonderful collection of historical items from the area, from the last 160 years of so
Antique Machinery: A wonderful collection of numerous farm machinery, as well as traction engines, rail memorabilia, etc.

It may be that you only need to stop in for a few minutes to ask directions, but if you're interested in ANY of the above, you can easily spend a few hours wandering through the numerous exhibitions. Other than the machinery, everything is housed indoors, so is perfect for a wet weather day.

Visited October 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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46 reviews
20 attraction reviews
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“Elvis Lives!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2013

We are not particular Elvis fans but we were staying next door at the Station Motel and decided to have a look. We were pleasantly surprised by the very interesting information provided and the obvious care taken in setting up the museum. Every item is described in loving detail and photos of Elvis using the item were displayed. It was much more interesting and informative than we anticipated and as a result spent a few hours there! The exhibit is done with such affection and respect for the Elvis, that we left with a renewed respect for the King! Car enthusiasts will also find the car exhibit interesting.

Visited September 2013
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